Department of Art

The Department of Art offers two baccalaureate programs, leading to either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Art, or the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree. An Art minor is also available.

The Department of Art

The Department of Art offered its first classes on the same day that the University of West Florida opened its doors, September 25, 1967. Dr. John Carey, chair of the Art Department, recruited faculty from the best art programs across the country. Classes included only juniors, seniors, and graduate students until the Fall of 1983, when the University first admitted its freshmen. Today, the Department of Art is housed in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Building 82), along with the Departments of Music and Theatre. Dr. Barbara Larson currently serves as the department chair. 

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Art!

We have a vibrant community of more than 200 students and a distinguished faculty passionate about teaching.  Majors in the Art Department earn B.F.A.s in the studio arts, graphic design, or digital art and B.A.s in art history or studio art.  Classes in museum studies and gallery practices are offered on a regular basis. ... Read more from Dr. Barbara Larson, Department of Art chair

UWF Arts News


The Art Gallery at UWF (TAG) features an annual series of revolving exhibitions that highlight student work as well as regional, national, and international artists. Visit TAG online. 

The Art Gallery at UWF 


UWF's Art Museum, the Pensacola Museum of Art, features regional and international exhibitions. Students have the opportunity to do internships on museum education, curation, and exhibition installation as well as give gallery talks and work as docents. On occasion the museum features student art exhibitions. For more information, please visit the Pensacola Museum of Art

Pensacola Museum of Art

Carrie Fonder with students in front of artwork.
Carrie Fonder with the Students of the Public Sculpture class

Student Feature

Dept. of Art students produce site-specific work across Pensacola

Students from the Department of Art were given a unique opportunity during the Fall 2017 semester. Twelve students enrolled in the class ‘Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism’, to research and discuss the broad and complex terrain of contemporary sculptural practices as they engage public spaces. In addition, the students had the opportunity . . . Read More.


Josh Green on UWF and after, including his Summer Artists in Residence and Figure Drawing Workshops. 

How Anatomy Informs Figurative Art

STEAM PUBLIC SCULPTURE MEETING May 14, 2019 1:00-2:00 UWF Building 85 (CEPS) , Room 119 Agenda

STEAM Sculpture Committee Meeting Agenda